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Last Saturday, we kicked off 2024 with our first event, a summer classic by Wine Explorers: the Wine Summer Day at Aguaverde Wine Lodge.

Aguaverde is a place of absolute magnificence, in our view, unlike any other we have visited.

It's a celebration of natural beauty, perched atop Cerro Eguzquiza in Maldonado, offering panoramic views of the countryside, complemented by its vineyards, majestic facilities, and an endless-seeming pool.

Its vineyards and grapes are carefully tended to by Bodega Familia Deicas, sharing a passion for wines. The main grapes they produce include Tannat, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.

Some of the wines born from their vineyards are created exclusively to be tasted right there, at Aguaverde.

While it's a place that captivates upon arrival, making you feel like you've found your place in the world, what truly enamors people about Aguaverde is its people—the wonderful team that runs the place, regardless of their roles.

We were warmly welcomed by their resident sommelier, Adolfo Buguer, with whom we explored the facilities and vineyard. Later, we had ample time to enjoy their incredible pool while sampling various delights paired with their wines.

Following that, we indulged in a 5-course pairing lunch, specially crafted for us, never prepared there before and inspired by our group with great dedication and detail.

The selection of dishes and wines was simply spectacular, and sommelier Adolfo Burguer explained how each step was chosen alongside the team of chefs: Gabriel Obregón, Fabricio Montelongo, and Verónica Mendizabal. It was a pairing that was a gift to all our senses, difficult to forget.

Thanks a lot to Pancho Marqués, the manager of Aguaverde, and his entire team for making us feel so special, and to Adolfo Burguer for the clarity and generosity with which he shared his knowledge and the selection of such spectacular wines.

Infinite thanks, of course, to all the people who joined us from different parts of the world, as usual, with their incredible vibes, making this day so special.

No matter how many times we visit Aguaverde, each visit is completely different from the last because it's a place that never stops reinventing itself and surprising us.

Undoubtedly, a great way to start our year of wine adventures, already shaping up to be an unmissable 2024.


Photos: Tavis Davidson

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